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“The Mailman” delivers after reverting to familiar round

Luke O’Neill on today’s League One match versus Ipswich

24 April 2021

Luke O’Neill is back doing what he does best after reverting to the position that made him one of the most productive full-backs in League One when he arrived at Wimbledon.

The experienced right-back has carved out a reputation for setting up goals from right-back and that led to him being christened “The Mailman” by his team-mates due to his special deliveries! However, an injury-hit season interrupted O’Neill’s season this time around and he’s had to become accustomed again to playing as an out-and-out right-back after previously being utilised as a right sided centre back in a five.

“It has been a bit tough, especially with the injury I had,” said Luke, who claimed two assists in our previous victory versus Ipswich. “I was out for three months, so I wanted to hit the ground running, but I needed to get my fitness back. We changed formation with four at the back and that meant I was playing in my best position. It’s nice to start getting assists and chipping in for the team.

“The manager has helped me a lot. We’ve gone back into a four now. It was about 18 months since I had last played right-back in a four, so I knew it would take a bit of time to get used to it. I think that is my best position and where you will see the best from me. I am enjoying working with Robbo and I think everyone else will say the same.”

The Dons head to Ipswich today aiming to make it five successive wins and O’Neill believes the boys can maintain the recent momentum with captain Alex Woodyard leading the way.

“Woody enjoyed that goal the other day and he’s a great leader. There are loads of leaders in there, but we just need to keep building on recent performances and keep working hard. We know what we have to do and we are improving as a group. The boys have been brilliant recently. We look back and analyse the games as we try to get better, so I don’t think complacency will creep in.”

Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell’s full interview with Luke.


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